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December 11, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Charter schools: Shouldn’t all public schools be allowed to be ‘flexible’

Gabriel Campanario / The Seattle Times

Some people would say that the myth about charter schools is that they are public schools. Initiative 1240 called them “public charter schools,” despite two important differences.

First, the “flexibility” referred to by the two charter school principals’ guest column [“Dispelling the myths about charter schools,” Opinion, Dec. 6] is that the charter schools are allowed to ignore some of the rules and regulations that public schools have to


Comments | More in Education | Topics: charter schools, education, Mary Wallon

September 28, 2014 at 9:06 AM

Public education: A more accurate view of the system

Finally, there is something in the newspaper that is candid toward public education [“The myth about public schools,” Opinion, Sept. 21]. For the last 15 years or so, private companies and citizens have tried to dismantle and modify education using skewed statistics backed by financial agendas. It’s about time the truth is told,…


Comments | More in Education | Topics: Catherine Rampell, education, public schools

September 4, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Seattle school teachers approve contract

Teachers want to teach The Seattle Times has long portrayed a dim view of teachers’ unions, but it is time for the public to have a clear understanding of what school employees hold dear to their hearts. [“Seattle schools start today as teachers OK contract,” NW Wednesday, Sept. 4.] Despite the disrespect shown to many school…


Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: accountability, education, evaluation

September 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Grading Seattle teachers

A level playing field Now the big negotiation piece for teachers is being evaluated by test results. [“Seattle teachers to vote on new pact,” page one, Sept. 2.] Well, let’s make it a level playing field. If teachers are held accountable in this manner, so should the administration, students and parents. Should class size be significantly lowered…


Comments | More in Education, Politics, Seattle | Topics: agreement, evaluation, public schools

September 3, 2013 at 6:55 AM

Using test scores to evaluate teachers

Teachers and parents should stop whining Everyone is tired of Seattle area teachers whining right around school start time. This time it is about using test scores to judge them. [“Teachers vote down contract proposal,” NW Tuesday, Aug. 27.] I have two issues with this anti-test-score perspective. First, if tests are good enough to affect or determine…


Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: education, evaluation, public schools

August 30, 2013 at 6:48 AM

Special education in Seattle Public Schools

Institutional failure It is with a certain grim satisfaction that I have been following the stories about the Seattle schools’ special-education program. [“Seattle falling behind on special-ed reforms,” page one, Aug. 7.] Most of your readers probably assume this program only serves a small number of kids in “special-ed” classrooms, the kids with profound learning difficulties…


Comments | More in Education, Seattle | Topics: ADHD, public schools, Seattle

March 6, 2013 at 3:30 PM

Maryland boy suspended for chewing pastry into ‘gun’ shape

Mixed messages for children I do understand the sensitivity in public schools toward guns [“School suspends boy, 7, who chewed tart into ‘gun’ shape,” News, March 5]. I myself am very concerned about guns in this country. I am wondering, though, about a nation that expels a young child from school for chewing his pastry into…


Comments | More in Children, Education, Gun control | Topics: Maryland, public schools, Second Amendment